Crows and Ravens

There are five native members of the Crows and Raven family found in Australia, there is very little difference between them and they look very similar. They are the Australian Raven, Little Raven, Little Crow, Forest Raven, and the Torresian Crow.

Crows and ravens have similar diets – they eat a variety of foods including grains, fruits, insects, small animals, eggs, refuse and carrion. Being carrion eaters they are often seen on our roads where they clean up “road kill”.

Frequent visitors to our gardens they scare our smaller bird species. You can help by planting an understory of spiky shrubs which will give the small birds somewhere to hide and feel safe.

Ravens usually travel in pairs; Crows usually travel in larger groups. Crow’s tail is shaped like a fan; Raven’s tail appears wedge-shaped or triangular. Crows give a cawing sound; Ravens produce a lower croaking sound.